I came across this awesome article the other day – ‘Foreign words with no specific English translation, describing experiences we all have’ – and one specific word really got to me.

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(Image credit: Maptia)

Isn’t it JUST PERFECT? Because as much as I love food, the only thing that can make a great meal even better is your company – especially when on a date!

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Back in 2002 – CRAZY, right? Disposable cameras + the infamous Nokia brick phone + Kris’ AA T-shirt! We were also at Chine Buffet (now closed). This photo is most definitely a throwback to our teenage lifestyle. 

Kris and I coming up on our 12 year anniversary in just a couple of months and we were talking about the restaurants we used to visit when we were younger (we were – and still are – big fans of Swiss Chalet) or the first few meals we would cook for each other when we played “relationship house” (you know what I mean?)

12 years later, a lot has changed. But whether we we’re dining out, getting take-out, or cooking at home – our meals are always full of conversation, laughter and omg-is-that-what-time-it-is‘s.

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Amazing food + sobremesa with good company= YUM

Food makes everyone happy. Food brings people together.

With that in mind, eHarmony Canada has graciously offered one very lucky B+AB reader a $200 CARA Restaurants gift certificate. We chose CARA Restaurants because they have 5 different restaurants with locations all around Canada and you can choose which restaurant you’ll be visiting! (Kelsey’s, Milestones, Montana’s, Swiss Chalet or Harvey’s) Whether you’re a burgers-and-fries type of couple, or prefer prime rib dinners and bellinis, you will have an amazing time.

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In addition to the gift certificate the winner will also get a free 3 month subscription to eHarmony.ca’s services- which uses scientific compatibility matching to find singles their matches. (Even though I’m (obviously) not in the dating scene, I have plenty of friends who are, and let’s just say… they are more appreciative of a scientific system to find them matches instead of just profiles and photos these days than ever before.) Don’t worry – this giveaway is couple-friendly! You can transfer this part of the prize to an unattached friend :) (And encourage them to enter, too!) They have potential matches all over the country, from Vancouver to Toronto! Click here to check out what online dating in Canada can be like!

At the very least, you have to share your #1 date night tip –> “Whether it’s a first or 539th date- what is your no fail tip for a successful date?” I’m looking forward to reading your tips!

To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. Canadian Residents only.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored B+AB post. Thanks for the generous giveaway, E-Harmony!

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